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February 18, 2009 > NCS births at stake for MVAL and BCL teams this week

NCS births at stake for MVAL and BCL teams this week

By Giovanni Albanese Jr.

Beginning Tuesday, Feb. 17, the Bay Counties (BCL) and Mission Valley (MVAL) athletic leagues will kick off their basketball tournaments, with an automatic bid to the North Coast Section (NCS) tournament at stake.

BCL play will be held at Emery High School for both the boys and girls, as both teams finished with the best record in their league.

For the boys, the semifinal round will have #3 California School for the Deaf (17-8, 9-3) versus #2 Fremont Christian (16-9, 9-3) at 5 p.m. The second semifinal will see #4 Chinese Christian (10-13, 4-5) face off against host team, and #1-seeded Emery (13-12, 11-1) at 8 p.m.

In the girls semifinals on Tuesday, #3 California School for the Deaf (17-8, 8-3) will play #2 Fremont Christian (16-8, 10-2) at 3:30 p.m.; #4 Contra Costa Christian (7-5, 5-5) goes up against #1 Emery (12-9, 8-1) at 6:30 p.m.

Winners for each semifinal game will take on each other in the finals on Thursday night: girls will have the first of the double-header at Emery, tipping off at 6; and the boys will conclude the night of games at 7:30. The winners of the tournament will get placed into the NCS tournament, which begins on Tuesday, Feb. 24.

In the MVAL, the girls begin their tournament with three games on Tuesday at American. #4 Mission San Jose will take on #5 Washington to kick things off, at 4:30 p.m. Once that game concludes, #3 James Logan will battle #6 Irvington, at 6 p.m., for a spot in the semifinals. The day of games will end with host school, and #2-seeded American, taking on #7-seeded J.F.K. at 7:30.

The semifinal round of the tournament will change venues to the #1-seeded Newark Memorial High court on Thursday night. In the first game of the semis, the winner of the James Logan/Irvington game will take on the American/J.F.K. winner at 6 p.m. The second game will have #1-seeded Newark Memorial taking on the winner of the Mission San Jose/Washington quarterfinal game at 7:30. Winners of each semifinal matchup will play for an NCS bid on Saturday at 6 p.m.

The boys tournament will tip off on Wednesday night, with a triple-header of games at James Logan High. #4 J.F.K. and #5 American will begin things at 4:30 p.m. #3 Washington and #6 Mission San Jose will play the middle game at 6; and host school, #2-seeded James Logan will play in the primetime game versus #7-seeded Irvington.

The tournament will shift to Newark Memorial in the semifinals, where #1-seeded Newark Memorial will play the winner of J.F.K./American at 7:30 p.m. That game will be preceded by the winners of Washington/Mission San Jose and James Logan/Irvington at 6 p.m. Each of the semifinal winners will play each other in the finals on Saturday night at 6 p.m. for a bid in the NCS tournament.

Seeding for the tournament and at-large teams will be held at NCS headquarters on Sunday, Feb. 22.

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